Managing As Mission

Managing As Mission

In March of this year, I left an organization after a couple of unsuccessful months of trying to ‘get things right’ based on my nonprofit experience. With 25 years and multiple jobs invested in the nonprofit world, I know when things are going to work and when they...
Post-Election Implications for Nonprofits

Post-Election Implications for Nonprofits

For many in the nonprofit sector, the results of last week’s election has opened the floodgates of uncertainty. We have a confirmation that a great deal of the country does not look favorably upon much of our work–especially social justice work, as well as a...
Eating Lunch: A lesson in good managing

Eating Lunch: A lesson in good managing

A number of years ago, I was interviewing for an Executive Director position with a smaller nonprofit. Staff were involved in the interview process and one of the long-time staff-people asked me, “So how do you feel about lunch?” As you might imagine, I was taken...
Managing in Nonprofits: Curbing Burnout

Managing in Nonprofits: Curbing Burnout

People in nonprofit work are driven. Not by chauffeurs, not by a desire for mansions or Maseratis; they are driven by a desire to do something to make their communities, countries, environments better. The drive to improve, to help, probably comes from multiple...
Goodness of Fit: Aligning Yourself with the Mission

Goodness of Fit: Aligning Yourself with the Mission

As a person who has always believed that nonprofits should exist to put themselves out of business, it never occurred to me that others in my organization might not feel the same way, or that I might not be aligned with the organizational mission. I always thought...
Nonprofits, Managing and Workplaces: Remote or On-Site?

Nonprofits, Managing and Workplaces: Remote or On-Site?

Marc, my husband, and I both work from home. Yesterday, while standing in a line to buy shoes for my daughter’s wedding, we were talking about it—working from home that is; we had already talked about the shoes. It was a long, long line and at some point the woman in...